Sunday, April 03, 2005


Rivard: Tramping the Dirt Down

I suppose, as we continue to gain insight into the partisan belief system of Bob Rivard, it's really no surprise that, on a day when the rest of the world celebrates Pope John Paul II's wonderful life, our local newspaper editor cannot resist tramping the dirt down.
I remained intrigued by his charisma and ability to reach out to people everywhere, even as much of church doctrine and beliefs remained so out of sync with those of my generation.
Hmmm. On the one hand: church doctrine and beliefs, evolved over two thousand years, based on the revelation of God and informed by the Holy Spirit. On the other hand, Bob Rivard's generation, the belief system of the hippies of the '60s. Which is more likely to be the institution "out of sync"?
Only a few weeks ago, I read an account of the pope reaffirming the church's opposition to the use of condoms. People are dying like flies in Africa from AIDS, and nothing offers more protection in the developing world from the spread of the virus than condoms. How could he remain indifferent to that reality, I wondered. Perhaps if women played a leadership role at the Vatican, I thought, those views might evolve.
"Nothing", Bob? Really now, I thought you liberals were all about seeking out the "root cause". If you had, it would not have taken you long to discover that the "root cause" of AIDS is not failure to use a condom, but rather promiscuous sex. Pope John Paul II spent a good deal of his pontificate reinforcing the moral values which offer the only real response to the AIDS epidemic.

"Those views might evolve", Bob? Really? Into what? A mirror of today's diseased culture of death? I'm sure Rivard would love to have the Vatican sanction his support for abortion, and get "back in sync" with the wonderful results of his generation's sexual revolution, which has given our world so many blessings...AIDS, abortion on demand, teenage pregnancies, pornography, the breakup of the family.

If Rivard had one iota of understanding of the profound teachings of Pope John Paul II on sex and the human body, he would not have made such a fool out of himself on the day of the Pope's death. It won't take much for you to make yourself smarter than Rivard:
The 'Theology of the Body' is Pope John Paul II's integrated vision of the human person - body, soul, and spirit. As he explains, the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives:
  • Is there a real purpose to life and if so, what is it?
  • Why were we created male and female? Does it really matter if we are one sex or another?
  • Why were man and woman called to communion from the beginning? What does the marital union of a man and woman say to us about God and his plan for our lives?
  • What is the purpose of the married and celibate vocations?
  • What exactly is "Love"?
  • Is it truly possible to be pure of heart?
Or, you can just moralize on the level of Bob Rivard, and wish the Pope had handed out condoms instead.
I was floored when I read what Rivard wrote. After last week's column I though he might tone it down a bit, but he actually sank lower. I think I need a shower.
Compare the tone of Rivard's column with that of Cary Clack and Jonathan Gurwitz. Now they have the class Bob appears to lack.
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